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Capitol Communicator is running a series of profiles of communicators in the mid-Atlantic. In this “up close and personal” profile, we feature Kai Fang.  Photography for this series is by Cade Martin; wardrobe styling by Pascale Lemaire for THE Artist Agency; and hair and makeup by Patti D Nelson and Janice Kinigopoulos for THE Artist Agency.

Kai, please provide us a short bio.

Art Center> Williams Whittle> Adworks> Arnold> BBDO> Mullen> GMMB> Big River> DMI / Current title is ECD@DMI

Are you involved in any other organizations?

Yes! The Capitol Communicator. If you click on the banner on the right, you too can become a subscriber.

What is the thing you are most proud of?

Being profiled in the Capitol Communicator.

Who were your personal role models?

A wise sage by the name of Laozi who wrote a text called the Tao Te Ching late in the 4th century BC.

Did that text offer you advice that helped you in your career?

What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher?
What is a bad man but a good man’s job?
If you don’t understand this, you will get lost,
however intelligent you are.
It is the great secret.

What professional advice do you have for others?

Don’t listen to the tao.
Those who know don’t talk.
Those who talk don’t know.

What advice do you have on appropriate attire for your organization?

For the discerning lady professional, I recommend a layered look with two tee-tanks and khaki linen shorts with a bow belt, all from Dazzle for that city girl look. Pair it with a splash painted bracelet, and sassy hoops. Accessorize with a Bohemian motif fabric handbag or wallet clutch.

Gentleman, strut into meetings wearing pleated pressed mini high waisted black accented slacks from Oak Hall, for that fitted look. Ditch the jacket altogether and pair with a clean white button down for that classic masculine look. Accessorize with a chocolate cowhide plaited belt and brown Oxfords, provided it’s not a square toe, will let them know you mean business.

Where do you buy most of the clothes you wear to work?

Forever 21. Victoria’s Secret. and Men’s Warehouse. You’re going to like the way you look, I guarantee it!

Is there anything else we should know about you?

I was kidding about my previous answer. I don’t shop at the Men’s Warehouse.

 

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About The Author

The only child of a university art professor and freethinker mother, Cade Martin grew up surrounded by shapes and images. His love of art grew out of summer vacations filled with trips to galleries, museums and art studios. At home he often found himself around the dinner table with an eclectic cast of characters – sculptors, writers and painters. They paraded through his childhood, shaping his art foundation and forming his appreciation for the candid beauty found in people from all walks of life. Cade’s been chasing characters ever since. He seeks out their stories-told through the architecture of their faces or the costumes they wear-whether he’s on a commercial production or setting up an Avedon-like photo booth at Comic Con. They are the heroes in his pictures. His thirst for capturing adventures took its hold while shooting stills on movie sets and then as a photographer for National Geographic covering the railways of India. And it is that sense of adventure that Cade brings to his productions elevating the ordinary to the extraordinary with a cinematic touch. It’s not just a picture. He’s committed to the experience, building beautiful environments and, sometimes for his portraits, simply building trust. A talented storyteller, Cade splits his time between the East and West Coasts creating images for editorial, advertising, fashion, and lifestyle clients

2 Responses

  1. Matt Smith

    Kai is one of the most creative thinkers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He is not caught up in what others are doing or trends. He thinks through the problem in a fresh way. We are very fortunate to have him here in the DC area.

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